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Raptors No Match For Beasley's Brawn In Miami
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SCORE RECAP PHOTOS VIDEOS
FINAL SCORE
Raptors 95 115 Heat
Asif Hossain
December 15, 2009
American Airlines Arena
Miami, FL
IT 

WAS OVER WHEN...

The writing was very much on the wall by halftime when the Raps went to the locker room trailing 60-50.

Two early fouls on Heat guard Dwyane Wade gave the Raptors a chance to control the game in the second quarter. But the exact opposite took place when Miami took the lead 57 seconds into the quarter, outscored the Raptors 36-24 at the buzzer, erased a two point deficit from the first, and took a 10 point lead into the locker room, never looking back.

THE 

GAME CHANGER

In the early part of the second quarter, Michael Beasley became a force for Miami in Wade's absence.

He scored 14 points in the frame, half of his 28 for the night. He also went on to grab 11 boards, sunk 11 of 19 field goals and drained all six of his free throws in the game. His points, rebounds and 36 minutes on the court were all game highs.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

On a night where one would have to look quite deep to find positives for the Raptors, little used guard Marcus Banks provided some spark off the bench.

Albeit the bulk of his production came when the game was well out of hand, Banks nearly doubled his minutes per game for the season with 14, during which he hit four of five field goals, including a three pointer to tally nine for the night. Banks' three was one of just two successful shots drained from downtown by the Raps, Turkoglu had the other on a 11 attempts for the team.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

After getting off to a lively start, the Raptors allowed the Heat to completely dominate the middle two quarters.

The Beasley-led destruction of the Raps in the second quarter is documented above. But the third provided little relief. The Heat pulled further away, outscoring Toronto 31-24 out of the locker room for a total middle quarter advantage of 67-48. Miami, who are the 8th worst offensive team in the NBA, took a 91-74 lead into the fourth quarter.

THAT'S A RAP

"I thought our energy was good and sometimes that was the problem. I thought DeMar (DeRozan)'s drives to the basket were good. He doesn't get a couple of calls, they block shots and they turn into fast breaks going the other way. I think (the energy) has to be better contained ... better used."

- Jay Triano on the Raptors misusing their exuberance.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Wed., Dec. 16 vs. Orlando Magic
7:00 PM ET (The Score, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The second of the Raptors back-to-back games in Florida and they'll be up against a team that has an 18-6 record (8-2 at home). The Magic have enjoyed a spell over Toronto this season, beating the Raptors twice at the Air Canada Centre in November by margins of 125-116 and 104-96 respectively. Wednesday's meeting will be the first in Orlando this season.
By 

The Numbers
52-30 Raptors outscored in the paint
27-16 The Heat advantage on total team assists
3-16 Raptors record when not holding opponents to under 100 points
97 Points per game average for Miami before dropping 115 on Toronto
2 Number of rebounds for Chris Bosh - a season low - on the night
They Said It...
Hedo Turkoglu "We didn't do much on defence. We had too many turnovers that led them to easy fast break points. We forced some shots on offence that (also) led them to fast break points."- Hedo Turkoglu on Raps' performance.
Rick Adelman "I had attitude. Ive still got attitude. I think its been long enough for me playing average. Im just kind of mad at myself for not stepping out of the box." - Michael Beasley, Heat forward on what drove him to have a breakout game.
Sonny Weems "It was a key part of the game, but everybody outscores us in the paint. What makes it disappointing is we have been talking about it for so long ... we have to take the attitude that its not going to happen anymore." - Chris Bosh on Raptors in the paint.
Fantasy Alert
SEASON STATS
27.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 5.9 APG

Notes: Dwyane Wade was held back a little due to a pair of early fouls and shot just 8-19 from the field. He still managed to score 19 points and supply seven assists in what was not a big night by his standards.
\Chris Bosh
SEASON STATS
24.0 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.8 APG

Notes: Chris Bosh had typical fantasy numbers on offence tonight despite those two rebounds being a glaring exception to what fantasy owners have come to expect. He shot 69.2% from the field and 10-11 from the free throw line on way to 28 points. His four assists is also good value.